Dino Djalal, new Ambassador to US?
President SBY has reportedly signed the appointment of spokesperson Dino Patti Djalal as the new Ambassador for the United States of America.
Rumors have been swirling around since last November about Dino's future position. He has been the President's spokesperson for international affairs since 2004. The spokesperson for domestic issues, Andi Mallarangeng, is now minister for youth and sports.
The serving Indonesian Ambassador for US is Mr Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat. He has served since January 2006. He was Indonesian Ambassador to Australia (2001-2002). In August 2008, State prosecutors charged Mochamad Slamet Hidayat, former Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, for bribing Sudjadnan US$200,000. But Sudjadnan denied the allegation saying it's up to the Corruption Eradication Commission to proceed with investigation.
If confirmed, Dino could be the youngest Ambassador to US in Indonesian history. Born in Beograd (Yugoslavia) in September 10, 1965, Dino is son of Hasyim Djalal, also a diplomat. Dino is also listed as commissioner of state-owned investment bank PT Danareksa (Persero) along side Muhammad Ikhsan (economist, special staff of VP Boediono) and Sutan Remy Sjahdeni (father of Mirza Adityaswara, chief economist at Bank Mandiri).